I’m new to this whole blogging so consistency is something I will be struggling with so please bear with me. When we last spoke, I was visiting a few cool car places in Providence, RI. Next was Boston...well, western Bostonish. I visited a friend who will remain nameless for soon-to-be apparent reasons. He is active in the Ferrari world and shared a few mind-blowing pictures with me. The first was requests for an approximate value of a Ferrari just outside of Boston. It was a little red convertible in a one-car garage that was partially covered by a car cover. IT WAS A FREAKING 1958ish FERRARI 250 GT CALIFORNIA! From the pic, neither one of us could tell if it was a long or short wheelbase car but who cares right? We had just discussed the disappointing results on two California cars that were up for sale at RM Sotheby’s in Monterey last week. Now granted, the disappointing results were still in the $8M-$9M range. Estimates were $11M-$13M so that was a significant drop in valuation.
He quickly followed that image up with a barrage of pristine, 1960s, NOS Ferrari accessories. These were from someone else. They included a set of NEW-IN-THE-BOX 1967 Ferrari Borrani wheels, two Ferrari tool kits and 1967 Ferrari literature. For reference, the tool kits can bring as much as $25k each. These might be on the market soon as he is trying broker a deal to sell them.
If you’ve followed my Instagram for a while, your know that I come across some really cool stuff on my travels: a 427 SOHC Ford racing engine in the box, a Boss 429 engine, a new 1966 Paxton supercharger, wrecked AC Cobras...yet, these pics eclipsed them all! Stay tuned to see what happenings.
One of my favorite stops while in Boston is to Copley Motorcars. They always have amazing cars and are welcoming to paparazzi such as myself. The best car there on this visit was a 1995 Ferrari F50 in the back that was the second one produced. I never though these were great looking cars but they are aging well. I remember the first time I saw on GA 400 north of Atlanta. It was back when the toll booths were still up and this F50 floored it as it exited. It was amazing.
Back in Ohio, I went to the Bellefontaine Hill Climb this past Saturday. I wasn’t sure what to expect and it was pretty cool. I took my dad and there wasn’t a lot of spectator parking so we had to hike out way a bit to get to the beginning of the hill climb. I was there to say hi to Dick Weiss who won it in 1962 in his Porsche Carrera Speedster which he still owns! He will be a guest on The Collector Car Podcast soon. He was the Grand Marshall this year and we got there just in time to see him launch up the hill. Check it out here.
With my 1999 996 back to 100%, I took it out for a proper thrashing on the local roundabouts Sunday. Sure, it is not the fastest Porsche out there but for my first one, it is awesome. I miss the ‘66 Mustang frequently but going for a blast down Cin-Day makes me miss it a little less.
I attended a Concours Dinner at Horsepower Farm Saturday afternoon and drove the Toyota FJ...a new one, not old even though I’d love to have matching FJs! The host, Opie, has a great collection of 1960s big blocks and just acquired a 1968 Shelby GT 500KR...my dream car. He said it was his but he has been known to joke around a bit so I told him he was lying. I had to go to his wife to get the real deal and she confirmed it was theirs. They bought it from a woman who owned it for over 50 years. It’s in a great home as Opie is fastidious about his collection and never sells anything.
The last note, if you listen to this week’s podcast, you will hear about a barn-find Speedster somewhere near Indianapolis. I am hot on its trail and I will keep you updated.
Keep it straight and keep it safe,
Greg draws, talks, vlogs, blogs, writes, evaluates, judges, appraises, video tapes and consumes all things automotive. He even regurgitates useless car facts, stories, pictures and shares cool car places he's visited recently if you give him a chance.